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Letter: Recapturing The Israeli Narrative

As fighting rages between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, many of us find ourselves faced with questions and concerns. What can we do? How can we help? How can this horror go away?

These were the questions on people’s minds as Dr. Asaf Romirowsky, Middle East Analyst and Historian, spoke to a crowd of more than 100 people at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview about the current Mid-East conflict.

The former IDF (Israel Defense Forces) International Relations liaison officer, author and fellow at the Middle East Forum, explained that “Operation Protective Edge” isn’t exactly what you have been reading in the media, but instead it is Israel’s mission to demilitarize the “tunnels“ in Gaza. Demilitarization means to break down the tunnels militarily, politically and operationally. Presently, the Israelis have succeeded militarily and have destroyed the structure of 32 tunnels. To start, there may be as many as 42 tunnels.

The speaker continued to express that Hamas’ ideology is “Today Gaza, tomorrow Tel Aviv.” Hamas is a zealous, Islamist, militant movement made up of many cells with one leadership which has been in power since 2006 when their party won the election. Hamas rose to power, convincing those that believe them that besides being anti-Israel and anti-U.S., they are also a charity organization and a social network that would give sustenance to those that live in Gaza and accordingly, they are deserving of the vote.

Romirowsky feels that in order to come to a resolution on this issue we must educate all so that the U.S. can recapture the narrative. There needs to be a better understanding of what is happening and why it is happening. Israel is not blowing up innocent children and refugees, but instead the Gazan citizens are being used as shields in a successful propaganda campaign.

There are no illusions that there will be peace at this moment. The hope is that there will be some form of stability. There needs to be a true humanitarian ceasefire that will actually last long enough for there to be some sense of safety for everyone involved.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island, the UJA Federation of New York and many local temples sponsored this event and will be hosting more informational programs in the near future.

Information can be found on the Temple Or Elohim website at www.templeorelohim.com.

Laurel Fried, Gail Mayer and Roz Vermut

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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